Truro and Penwith College

BA (Hons) Craft and Design

Rated Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality university course right here in Cornwall.
A variety of people enter higher education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.
For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Creative Influences (TRUR3069)

      Develop research methodologies within a negotiated contextual research project to inform personal and professional practice for an extended illustrated essay. The work will examine social, cultural and historical art, craft, design practice that reflects personal influences and themes. The critical evaluation of the study will inform individual understanding in relation to art, craft, design and making issues.

    • Design for Creative Industries (TRUR3070)

      Interpret and develop design digital skills and awareness of creative industry standards. Determine how design solutions are explored within personal design craft practice, innovation and industries using digital applications. Understanding and utilisation of designed three-dimensional forms, digital skills and physical materials will support and encourage individual exploration and professional design solutions.

    • Making a Living from Art, Craft & Design (TRUR3071)

      Determine and evaluate understanding of professional requirements for design craft maker. Valuing negotiation, innovation and entrepreneurship for employment and self-employment. Legal and ethical aspects of tendering, contracts, finance, accounting and tax issues are considered to prepare the student for life in the creative industries after graduation. Comparison of contemporary makers will inform practice.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Craft & Design Technical Research (TRUR3072)

      Select, research and record technical skills, processes, methods and materials in pursuit of innovative design and manufacturing opportunities for the personal Craft & Design Final Major Project. Involving the advanced development of ideas through traditional skills and processes or investigating contemporary and historic technologies, processes and materials.

    • Craft & Design Final Major Project (TRUR3073)

      Develop ideas, concepts and making within a commercial context and exhibition. Develop a personal research brief and undertake a planned research project using a range of art, craft, design techniques and processes. Confirmatory activity and wide exploration for individual professional development and progression direction. Production and realisation to engage with an audience at exhibition to further increase employability skills.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the institution's admissions team directly using the contact details below.

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.
Plymouth students working on a group project